VALET and iVALET--New Tools for CTC Analysis
The local police department is working to curb local burglaries and illegal drug sales. The department wants to identify where and when such incidents are most likely to occur, so that it can schedule partols to areas with the highest probability of such activity. It has years of CTC (criminal, traffic and civil) data that it can use for the analyis but lacks the manpower to manually scrutinze and correlate that data. So what should the department do?
VACCINE has developed a solution for this kind of situation called VALET, the Visual Analytics Toolkit for Law Enforcement, and its mobile version, iVALET. These are tools that speed up and simplify the analytical process through visually modeling CTC incidents through heat maps, graphs and charts. A law enforcement analyst can gather data from multiple sources and, using VALET/iVALET, can identify trends, patterns, and anomolies while display the results in maps and graphs.
iVALET has had several recent enhancements which improve the interface and selection and filtering capabilities. Future plans include incorporating additional data sets such as call for service and EMS records.